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US Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test on November 9th 2011

eas.pngWhether it’s a fire or flood, an earthquake or hurricane, being prepared and staying informed are the keys to getting through an emergency situation safely. With that in mind there is an upcoming nationwide test of the U.S. Emergency Alert System (EAS). 


Be prepared…

On Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).


All digital, cable and satellite television and broadcast radio services across the country will be simultaneously interrupted for approximately 30 seconds, after which regular programming will resume.


Stay informed…

This is the first national-level test of the EAS that has ever been conducted and will be similar to the local emergency tests, issued by the National Weather Service and state/local officials, used to send alerts and warnings.


So remember, if you find yourself within earshot of a radio or TV on November 9th, at home or in your car – and hear an emergency message broadcast on every TV and radio channel – it’s just a test.


Visit the FEMA: Nationwide EAS Test website for more information about the test.


Businesses should think of this as a reminder to test their own disaster preparedness.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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